The John and Anne Hudzik Prize will Recognize Accomplished Individuals in Higher Education Internationalization
For Immediate Release

NEW ORLEANS, La. - NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced today a new monetary prize for individuals who have advanced the meaning, practice, and outcomes of higher education. Established by former NAFSA president and chair of the NAFSA Board of Directors, John K. Hudzik and his wife, Anne, the prize will be awarded to individuals who have made sustained contributions to internationalization in areas including scholarship, administrative leadership, community engagement, and education.

“Global society benefits from students and faculty having international experience incorporated into all facets of higher education: on campus, in curricula, through education abroad, and in public service,” said John Hudzik. “Anne and I are pleased to support and uplift those who are shaping internationalization programmatically and conceptually. They have our immense gratitude for advancing global understanding at this critically important time.”

Candidates from anywhere in the world may be nominated for the John and Anne Hudzik Prize for Sustained Leadership in Higher Education Internationalization (Hudzik Prize) by individuals or organizations from any country. The recipient will be chosen by a committee composed of senior higher education professionals representing a broad array of internationalization experience. 

“The Hudzik Prize represents a generous and welcome investment in the future of international education on campuses all over the world,” said Fanta Aw, NAFSA executive director and CEO. “By recognizing individual leaders who are pushing the practice forward, the Hudzik Prize will help ensure internationalization continues to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s students, institutions, and society.”

John Hudzik, PhD, served as the Michigan State University dean and vice president of international programs from 1995 to 2010 and as acting university provost in 2005. He has been a distinguished champion for internationalization and an authority on its planning and execution for decades. Hudzik authored several NAFSA publications: Comprehensive Internationalization: From Concept to Action in January 2011 and Comprehensive and Strategic Internationalization: Lessons Learned and Prospects in 2018.

The inaugural recipient of the Hudzik Prize will be announced at the 2025 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego, California. More information about the Hudzik Prize application process and timeline will be announced this summer.

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